Mackay introduces first ever senior Women’s competition

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The Mackay region has welcomed the launch of it’s first ever Women’s competition, which kicked off on Saturday 16 July, with four teams – Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders, Slade Point, Kuttabul Camelboks and Moranbah Bulls.

There will be four rounds of matches in total over the next few weeks, finishing up on the 27 August, with some potential exhibition games around the region. The Bowen Mudcrabs will also feature in the exhibition games.

Jade Karger, originally a long-time coach for three of the Whitsunday Junior Women’s Rugby teams, has joined the Proserpine Whitsunday Raiders alongside her daughter Bella. Karger said she was inspired from watching the girls.

“I made the move to show the girls that anything is possible, even though I’m in my mid-30s.”

Chloe Butler, QRU’s Regional Rugby Manager in the Central Queensland said: “All the girls put in a massive effort showing plenty of potential for the future.

“It was great seeing so many fresh faces giving the sport a go.”

The introduction is a step forward for regional Women’s Rugby, following the growth in other areas of the state that has led to the introduction of the Queensland Country Orchids Women’s team, which was established in 2021.

With Central Queensland fielding a team for the first time in the recent Queensland Country Championships held in Toowoomba, participants in the new Mackay competition have a representative pathway in place for them to aspire to in the future.

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